Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 65-member orchestra, called “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine, will perform at Rhythmix Cultural Works Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Since 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has presented more than 400 concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. The group’s success arises from its devotion to traditional repertoire and its passion for innovation having composed more than 60 major new works for Gamelan and dance.
In 2000, Gamelan Sekar Jaya was awarded the Dharma Kusuma, Bali’s highest award for artistic achievement, which had never before been awarded to a foreign group.
For this anniversary season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya features esteemed guest performers, I Wayan Suweca and I Wayan Dibia. Pak Suweca is considered one of the finest kendang (drum) players in Bali and a master composer. Pak Dibia, former director of the Indonesian College of the Arts, is a world-class dancer, choreographer, scholar and author. He will perform a series of topeng (masked dances).
For tickets and more information, call 865-5060 or visit www.rhythmix.org.